Hiatus Kaiyote have dropped a cover of the festive classic, ‘Christmas Time Is Here’. The track is the band’s first release of the year.
Originally written for the 1965 television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ has since been recorded by a host of artists, including Steve Vai, Sarah McLachlan and Mariah Carey.
Hiatus Kaiyote’s rendition pairs jazzy keys with haunting strings and lead singer Nai Palm’s signature vocal stylings. Listen to it below:
“Christmas is for the babies,” Nai Palm wrote in a statement on Hiatus Kaiyote’s Bandcamp page.
“I have always been kinda a grinch cos [sic] in ways, my childhood was swept away from me through orphanhood. Christmas has always been this far off joy, and to cope with the absence of common family love, I push the notion away.
“This year tho [sic], myself and the boys decided to record one of our fav [sic] songs of the year (Christmas excluded)”.
Hiatus Kaiyote will donate all proceeds from the single’s sales to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. The pledge continues the band’s tradition of donating royalties to a different charity each Christmas.
“There were many Christmases in my childhood where all presents/food hampers were donated by this organisation, so it feels right to start here,” Nai Palm said.
While Hiatus Kaiyote have kept quiet this year, the band’s side project, Swooping, released an album to Bandcamp during March. Swooping is comprised of Hiatus Kaiyote’s entire lineup, minus Nai Palm.
Hiatus Kaiyote’s bassist, Paul Bender, released his first hip-hop album in August, the creatively titled ‘Middle Aged Caucasian Existential Debut Rap Record’. His easy-listening project, The Sweet Enoughs, also dropped their debut, ‘Marshmallows’, in May.